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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Degree Requirements — University Core Curriculum

General University Requirements

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours.
  2. Completion of all requirements in the university core curriculum (42-hour minimum) (see below).
  3. A major of at least 24 semester hours. At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT (except for the BAAS degree). See “Major ” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  4. A minor, if required for a particular undergraduate degree, of a minimum of 18 semester hours, including at least 6 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level). For details, see the individual requirements under specific degree programs in this catalog.
  5. A minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced work, 24 of which must be completed at UNT. A lower level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.
  6. An official degree plan prepared by the academic dean. It is recommended that the degree plan be made no later than the beginning of the junior year.
  7. A minimum grade point average of 2.000 (C) on all work attempted, including all transfer, correspondence, extension and residence work. It should be noted that the GPA that appears on grade reports and is used to determine the student’s academic status, does not include correspondence, extension and transfer work. Thus, a 2.000 GPA on the grade report does not necessarily imply eligibility for graduation.
  8. A minimum GPA of 2.000 (C) on all work at UNT. Transferred work may not be used to raise the GPA of work done at UNT.
  9. Twenty-five percent of the university minimum of 120 semester hours (i.e., 30 hours) must be earned in residence.
  10. A proficiency in English composition. Students must show competence in written expression by receiving credit for or earning a grade of C or better in two general education English courses that have a strong writing component (ENGL 1310 , ENGL 1311 , ENGL 1313 , ENGL 1315 , ENGL 1320 , ENGL 1321 , ENGL 1323  and ENGL 1325 ; TECM 1312 , TECM 1322  and TECM 2700 ). Students who have earned a D in one or more of these two required courses must repeat the course and raise the grade to a C or better.
    Students who are transferring to UNT with more than 90 hours and who have earned a D in any of the basic English writing courses must retake the course during their first term/semester in residence.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

The University Core Curriculum is designed to give all graduating students basic intellectual competencies in reading, writing, speaking, listen­ing, critical thinking and computer literacy. This core body of knowledge requires study in the tools of language and thought, mathematics, natural sci­ences, social and behavioral sciences (including U.S. history and political science), visual and performing arts and humanities.

The UNT Core Curriculum complies with the mandates of the 1997 Texas Legislature regarding requirements for state-assisted institutions.

Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of the University Core Curriculum. Students who wish to take courses that will fulfill both core and major requirements simul­taneously should check with academic advisors for assistance in selecting core courses.

Students may also choose to use core courses to meet the minimum number of advanced hours required by their degree.

Note: The University Core Curriculum published here is pending final approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


Note: Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses following the UNT course num­ber and title. Some courses may have additional equivalents. See the Courses of Instruction  section of this catalog for additional information about the TCCNS.

English Composition and Rhetoric (6 hours):

Addresses the ability to access information and write clearly, coherently and correctly. The student may choose from the following courses, usually taken in sequence (ENGL 1310  and ENGL 1320 , for example):


The following courses have college-level prerequisites: MATH 1190 , MATH 1350 , MATH 1351 , MATH 1400 , MATH 1600 , MATH 1610 , MATH 1650  and MATH 1710 .

Natural Sciences (6 hours):

Enables the student to understand, construct and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing theories. This requirement may be satisfied by earning 6 semester hours in two laboratory sciences that meet the science requirement of the student’s degree program. The student may choose from the following courses:

U.S. History (6 hours):

Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American History. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas History in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour American/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in HIST 2610  (HIST 1301) and HIST 2620  (HIST 1302) (United States History) or HIST 2675 * and HIST 2685 * (Honors United States History). 

Political Science (6 hours):

Texas state law requires that the university not award a baccalaure­ate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed 6 hours of credit in American Government to include consideration of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement in whole or in part on the basis of credit transferred from another accredited col­lege or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The university may grant as much as 3 hours of credit toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially equivalent work in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour political science requirement by advanced standing examination. Specific courses required are PSCI 1040  (GOVT 2301) (American Government) and PSCI 1050  (GOVT 2302); or PSCI 1041 * and PSCI 1051 * (Honors American Government).

Discovery (3 hours):

Discovery courses are designed to help students gather the tools necessary for full engagement in the undergraduate experience. It is recommended that students meet this requirement early in their time at UNT. Courses may be offered within any discipline, though they may not be offered in every discipline. Students may take Discovery courses in any discipline, depending on availability and their major requirements. University core Discovery courses will teach students to (a) think critically and creatively, learning to apply different systems of analysis; (b) engage with a variety of others in thoughtful and well crafted communication; (c) be able to articulate the values that undergird their lives, the UNT community and the larger society; and (d) cultivate self‐awareness, balance and an openness to change.

Capstone (3 hours):

Capstone courses are designed to be a culminating experience, drawing the breadth of the student’s educational experience into an integrated whole, and placed within the context of the larger society. It is highly recommended that this course be taken after all other core courses are completed in order to help students integrate knowledge from across the core curriculum. Courses are offered at the junior or senior level in any discipline, though they may not be offered in every discipline. University core Capstone experience courses will teach UNT students to (a) make connections between different areas of knowledge and different ways of knowing; (b) be able to express ways that exposure to different ideas, perspectives, cultures and viewpoints have enriched their thinking; (c) learn decision making strategies that include an ethical analysis; and (d) participate in activities that promote the common good. Not all disciplinary capstones fulfill the core capstone requirements. Check with an advisor.


* Course offered for Honors College students only.
** Course offered for international students only.
*** Course offered for elementary education students only.